Montreal Summer Dance Events: Dance For $15 Or Less Under the Sun

Top Montreal Summer Dance Destinations

Montreal summer dancing is a popular activity with locals. Whether you want to practice the tango with a partner, learn the salsa on a tight budget or just want to let loose to tunes spinned by international DJs/producers for a bargain, then read on. There's a dance activity for everyone of every age. And guess what? Most of them are FREE.
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    montreal dancing outdoors tam tams mont royal tribal bongo djembe dancing tradition
    ••• Photo © Evelyn Reid

    Tam Tams are a tribal legend in Montreal. Bongo drummers unite every Sunday on Montreal's sort-of mountain, Mont-Royal, to the delight of locals and tourists of every age, from babies to seniors, as the dancing portion of the crowd converges near an angel statue, the Monument George-Étienne Cartier.
     

    Cover Charge: free admission
    Getting There: Mont-Royal Metro

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    piknic electronik montreal dance outdoors rave parc jean drapeau
    ••• Photo © Evelyn Reid

    Montreal's ultimate nature rave attracts talent that puts the afterhours scene to shame every Sunday under a giant sculpture designed by one of the most influential modern artists of the 20th century. But what used to be an almost utopian family-friendly, affordable, accessible event is more of a commercial frat house these days. In other words, Piknic has become a bit of a douche magnet. And the prices have gone up fast in the last five years. The event still has pockets of charm, mind you, but I'd be lying if I said it's the same as it was in its earlier days, say pre-2008. But maybe some of you prefer how the event is evolving from an affordable picnic-and-dance gathering to an extension of nightlife clubbing.
     

    Cover Charge: $13.50 to $15, free for ages 12 and under
    Getting There: Jean-Drapeau Metro

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    montreal dancing outdoors verdun greenhouses
    ••• Photo b Flickr user Matias Garabedian

    Maybe you've always wanted to learn to dance salsa or tango but haven't room in your budget to accommodate those desires. Maybe you already know how to dance and just want to meet like-minded folk poised for a pas de deux.

    Cover Charge: free admission
    Getting There: Verdun or Agrignon Metro, 107 Bus

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    Montreal dance outdoors tango in the park.
    ••• Clarissa Leahy / Getty Images

    Brush up on your tango and learn from the pros in one of two outdoor settings through the summer: either at the Verdun Greenhouses or at Parc Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
     

    Cover Charge: free
    Getting There: depends on the location